Tuesday, 1 September 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - August

For anyone not in the know, I've been selected to be on the design team for Aunty Vera Scrap and Craft. This month Vera held a Tim Holtz challenge, with each of the designers showcasing their take on Tim's August tag. I decided to make a Graphic 45 'Home Sweet Home' variation:

See Aunty Vera's Blog for full details + pics!

- Sarah -

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - April

Hi all,

So this is extremely late... but here's my tag for April!

Once again, I had none of the supplies Tim used! Instead of a flower stamp, I went for this Gorjuss girl - she is holding flowers! I love the peach ribbon that I scrunched to get a wrinkled look.

I created the background using distress ink pads and coloured her using watercolour pencils. I think she's a fab variation on the April tag.

Let me know what you think :)

- Sarah -

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Envelope Mini Albums

Hi all,

After seeing some of the albums I've made for family members, my friend Chris asked if I would make her two albums for her daughters for Easter. I ended up making girly envelope mini albums and thought I'd share here.

The albums measure 6.5 x 6.5" are have lots of room for journalling, photos etc

This first one has lovely pinks, reds, and whites throughout.

The front page of each album has a decorative pocket, so that Chris could write her daughters a letter and store it in on the first page of each book.

Each page is a huge side pocket - photo mats, journalling cards or ephemera would fit perfectly.

The second album has more abstract patterns - I just love these papers!

Aren't those patterns wonderful? These mini albums are a fantastic size and can be used as journals, photo albums, or a combination! If all goes well, I'll have some of these up for sale over the coming months.

That's all for now! Happy crafting :)

- Sarah -

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

12 Tags of 2015 March

Hi all!

So this year I decided to join in the fun with Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2015

For those who aren't aware of this phenomenon, Tim posts a tutorial for a tag each month on his blog, and invited fellow crafters to give it a go. Some people follow the tutorial exactly, others make a tag inspired by his - either way it's lots of fun!

This project really was a challenge for me! I don't have a lot of Tim Holtz or Ranger products, and I haven't tried many of the techniques that Tim uses. However, this means its a great opportunity to expand my crafting knowledge and skills! Without further ado, here is my March tag:

Boy, did I have fun! The only stencil I had on hand was a polka dot pattern. Some of the circles 'squished' when I heat set the embossing powder, but I think it make it a bit more abstract! I also used distress inks over paints, as I didn't have any.

I went for an ostrich over a butterfly - a little more unique, and I just love this stamp!

Again, short on supplies. I didn't realise how little metal embellishments I have. I decided to go with these cute bronze dragonflies and the cello below to match the musical washi.

This was so much fun to make. It's an unusual style for me, but I love learning new skills. Maybe I haven't mastered them yet, but I'm on my way!

Let me know what you think in the comments below. If you've made a tag yourself, send me a link! If you haven't - give it a try for April.

- Sarah -

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Introductions and Postcard Journal

Hi guys!

So this is my first ever blog post - woohoo! I hope this blog can be a creative space to share my crafting adventures, among other things. I hope you may be inspired, and even share what you're making in your own craft room!

So, to start, I thought I would share a mini journal I made for a swap. I'm a swapper over at swapbot and I recently made a journal there. Here it is:

I'll admit, I kinda like the outside - I find it pretty cute. The cover is made using cardstock, and the pages are made from free postcards that I got from my university. Sticking postcards together using deco tape, I then bound them to the cover using baker's twine.

I decorated the back side of the postcards with different paper mediums - book pages, patterned paper, handmade paper etc. I then added quotes from books and movies that my partner liked, and included pockets and other bits and pieces.

This is one of my favourite pages, featuring my first attempt at a paper doll I made with a Gorjuss stamp

All of the pages are decorated differently, and there's no unifying theme, making it a bit disjointed - but this made it more like a fun smash book than a formal journal.

Overall, I had fun with this swap and I LOVED making this journal.

Let me know what you think!

- Sarah -